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Knockboy and Priest's Leap

Glengarriff, Ireland
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Glengarriff
Type: Mountains, Outdoors
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Marlton, New Jersey
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Be careful if your wife doesn't like mountain roads! It is the most out of the way road that you can find, with amazing mountain views and free range for sheep, goats and cattle. The end of the trip is in the Killarney National Forest and dumps you onto the Ring of Kerry. One could not ask for a more... More

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65 reviews 65 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My other half went towards Bantry from Glengarriff on a cycle and saw a sign he had noticed when we travelled down to West Cork first - Priest's Leap; wondering what it was he decided to cycle that way and claims it is the first time he had to get off his bike and walk - it is steep, every... More

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Preston, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We were returning to our holiday cottage after a good day out when we spotted a brown tourist sign to 'Priest's Leap' at Ballylickey. It gave no distance and we presumed this would just be a little detour to a viewpoint before supper! The road began to climb, became increasingly narrower and turned into just a track and we continued... More

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Staines, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Like so many others, our SatNav took us along this road to Kenmare. Luckily it was a clear, sunny day and the views were spectacular although, as the driver, I was more occupied with negotiating the increasingly narrow, steep and winding road. Very amused to see 'no overtaking' signs - how exactly could you overtake?? Extremely relieved that we met... More

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Vernon nj
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

So we followed the GPS heading fir kenmare . It was getting dark and it was raining and foggy. We thought we were in a Steven king movie. I was never so terrified in my life. We were slipping in thd mud and gravel and I thought we were going to have to pull over and sleep fof the night.... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

On leaving Gougane Barra the GPS was programmed for Kenmare but after reading previous people's experience we too were sent the wrong way. There should really be signs at the bottom of this road on both sides warning drivers of the unusual road conditions. It was a beautiful clear day and realized as we climbed that there was no turning... More

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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

We decided to drive the priests leap leaving from Ballylickey (Glengariff side). The scenery is spectacular but the road does become very steep and narrow and at times you can't see over the crests which makes for some anxious moments. there are a couple of small areas you can pull over. One before the peak with a picnic table, at... More

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Top Contributor
160 reviews 160 reviews
46 attraction reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

My husband and I have recently returned from a driving holiday in Ireland. Like travel0110, our GPS sent us on this road when we had missed an earlier turn while travelling from Kinsale to Kenmare. We were well down the road (on our second day in Ireland) when we realised it had become too narrow to turn around and was... More

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West Sussex
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

Wow what a fantastic road, My Father who is from Athea County Limerick told me about this road back in the 70s. My first time back in Ireland since then was 2007 and I headed straight for it. I had my wife and mother in law in the back of the car and father in law in the front. Never... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

One foggy misty morning our way from Kinsale to Portmagee we followed the GPS on an unforgettable ride. We hadn't set out to find Priests Leap we apparently made a wrong turn and it kind of found us. We had no idea we were lost as we followed the directions of our GPS and began our assent up the windy,... More

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